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Philadelphia, PHA Submit Assessment of Fair Housing to HUD

On Dec. 23, 2016 the City of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Housing Authority submitted their Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH) to the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Completing the AFH is the first step to comply with HUD’s 2015 Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) Rule. It also represents the first collaboration between the City and PHA on housing planning.

The goal of the AFFH rule is to promote access to opportunity for all residents. The AFH provides a framework for strategies and actions to overcome patterns of segregation, promote fair housing choice and foster inclusive communities.

To prepare the AFH, the City and PHA surveyed residents, met with residents in small groups, and engaged advocates around housing issues. The City and PHA also held three public hearings on the AFH.

“I want to thank the technical assistance providers, staff at HUD, PHA and the City, and most of all the residents of Philadelphia,” said Melissa Long, Deputy Director of the Division of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). “Each played a critical role in this assessment.”

The AFH contains 11 broad goals and 52 strategies to reach those goals. Public input, combined with analysis of HUD-provided raw data and maps as well as data developed locally, contributed to the development of AFH goals. These goals and strategies will inform future housing efforts, including DHCD’s upcoming Fiscal Year 2018 Consolidated Plan.

There is also an Executive Summary available for review.